MLB's hottest games
New Yorkers have been battling a brutal heat wave over the past few days. And prior to the relief brought by this afternoon’s quick thunderstorm, there was a threat of tonight’s Subway Series game getting seriously sweaty.
While the idea of tonight’s game being played in wildly uncomfortable weather was not ideal, it would’ve felt like a day at the beach compared to August 26, 1988. On this date, the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays squared off in a night game contested in 109-degree weather.
The time of the game was a manageable 2:41, and it saw Canada’s Blue Jays wilt in the excruciating heat. Over the course of the nine innings, Toronto only registered two hits: one from Tony Fernandez, the other off the bat of Lloyd Moseby.
Blue Jays Jesse Barfield, Cecil Fielder, Fred McGriff and George Bell combined for an 0-11 evening.
In the end, it was Bobby Valentine’s Rangers topping Jimy Williams’ Jays 5-1.
Eight years earlier, the Rangers topped the Minnesota Twins in Texas in the same 109-degree weather on June 27, 1980. The two games are tied for the hottest contests in MLB history.
- Aug. 8, 1988, 107 degrees, Tigers beat Rangers 3-2 in Texas
- June 28, 1980, 107 degrees, Rangers beat Twins 11-3 in Texas
- Sept. 3, 2007, 106 degrees, Angels beat A’s 9-5 in Anaheim
- July 30, 1980, 106 degrees, Red Sox beat Royals 7-1 in Kansas City